If you’ve read my post on The Ultimate Irish Road Trip… you’d know that road trips are my thing! I love having the freedom of having a car and the ability to explore a place on my own time. You aren’t delayed by schedules and you have the ability to extend your time in a place if you are really enjoying that place. My Arizona road trip was no different… we had so many places that we wanted to explore and loved having the freedom to explore what we wanted when we wanted to.
The Ultimate Arizona Road Trip…
When planning for our road trip, we had four days. We flew into Phoenix early Thursday morning and had a flight out Sunday evening. This gave us a lot of exploring time. There were four places that we could not miss while visiting Arizona and we planned our road trip around visiting these four places. I would suggest doing this road trip in April/May or fall time, as the summer months are extremely hot and not the best weather for hiking all day.
Day 1: Phoenix to Sedona
Our Arizona road trip began very early. We landed in Phoenix Sky Harbor around 9 am and were ready for an entire day of adventure. We ran some errands in Phoenix and got lunch before making the drive to Sedona. It was my first time ever trying In ‘n Out and man was it good! After lunch, we headed straight for Sedona, we did not want to miss out on any sunlight and adventure time.
Once in Sedona, we checked into our hotel, the beautiful Sedona Summit Hotel, and then hit the hiking trails. I suggest visiting one of the visitor booths in Sedona (they are all over) before beginning any adventures. They are extremely knowledgeable about the local hiking areas and can help you find trails that match your interests and hiking abilities.
We decided to hike around Cathedral Rock since it was near a creek and the views of the red rocks were incredible. We spent about 4 hours hiking and exploring around the area and were exhausted by the time we left. The views were amazing and it was easy to fall in love with this beautiful little city.
Day 2: Sedona to Grand Canyon to Page
This morning we woke up early to go hike Devil’s Bridge before it got too hot and crowded. I loved this hike even though it is one of the busiest and most popular hikes in Sedona. If you get up early like we did, you will beat the crowds! After this hike, we headed straight to refuel at Berry Divine Acai Bowls in Sedona. Yum. Since we had to get to Page today, but wanted to spend the day at the Grand Canyon, we hit the road right after breakfast.
The Grand Canyon is one of those places that you visit and it takes your breath away. Everything, and I mean everything, about the Grand Canyon is spectacular. It is amazing to me that one river and millions of years have created such a masterpiece. Be sure not to miss the Grand Canyon on your Arizona road trip!
Next, we made the drive to Page, Arizona. We didn’t have anything planned for the night besides making it to our hotel. We went very basic here and stayed in the Page Super 8 Hotel. Having a fancy hotel wasn’t a priority for us, as we would be spending very minimal time in it.
Day 3: Page, Arizona
This whole day was spent in Page, Arizona with plans to visit Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, and Glen Canyon Dam. Wake up early to visit Horseshoe bend, as it gets very hot and busy as the day goes on. It is nice to be able to enjoy and take photos of such a beautiful place without hundreds of people crowding around. Visiting Horseshoe Bend was another place that I’ve visited that has completely surpassed my expectations. The Colorado River has made many beautiful places out of Arizona, that’s for sure!
Next in our plans was to visit Antelope Canyon. We booked our tour for Lower Antelope Canyon through Ken’s Tours. Although this was a huge tourist destination and it was hard to avoid crowds, the tour guides at Ken’s Tours did everything to make the tour enjoyable. They were extremely knowledgeable and allowed certain times for photo ops to make sure the canyon didn’t get too crowded with people.
After these two activities, we explored around the rest of the city, driving around from Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam. I couldn’t resist another chance of visiting Horseshoe Bend, so we visited again at sunset. It was busy, but such a beautiful sight.. worth it! Page, Arizona is a very small city, but be sure to add it to your Arizona road trip, it is an amazing city!
Day 4: Page to Flagstaff to Phoenix
This was a driving day. We had over 4 hours to Phoenix from Page, but broke it up by visiting Flagstaff for lunch. We walked around the city for a little bit, but then continued our journey on to the airport. Before arriving to the airport, we visit Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and stopped for another acai bowl.
And finally, our ultimate Arizona road trip came to and end.
1 national park…
and lots of adventures later…
We finished our Arizona road trip!